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Derrick Rose to testify in rape case

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Derrick Rose to testify in rape case

LOS ANGELES -- The lawyer for an ex-girlfriend accusing NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends of rape said Friday he will call Rose to the witness stand after his client wrapped up her testimony.

Attorney Waukeen McCoy said Rose would be the next witness in the lawsuit seeking $21.5 million in damages from the point guard for the New York Knicks.

The woman who accuses Rose and the friends of gang raping her was under a second day of tough cross-examination that suggested she had sued for money.

"I didn't wish him any harm, I wanted him to be accountable," she said, denying she did it for money.

Defense lawyers pressed her to explain why the lawsuit was seeking $21.5 million and how her first text messages to Rose after the incident were about being reimbursed for cab fare and a "sex belt" she had given him.

Like many of her answers over two days, many responses were vague, though she eventually said she brought up the money to get Rose to respond to her.

Lawyers for Rose presented text messages from the woman to a friend at a time when she was unemployed.

"I need a very wealthy man. We should go find one," stated one text read by defense lawyer Mark Baute.

The woman also sent a text to a roommate saying that since she had filed suit, they would return their TV and upgrade to a plasma screen, Baute said.

Rose, 28, and his friends Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton have denied the accusations in the lawsuit and claimed the woman willingly had sex with all three.

The Associated Press is not naming the woman because it generally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault.

Her vague recall and testimony at times contradicted what she told lawyers during her deposition and that left her vulnerable to combative cross-examination by the defense.

Rose watched the testimony while chewing gum, but showed little reaction. Allen, an NBA hopeful cut by the Bulls in the 2012 preseason, huddled with lawyers and took notes.

In a soft voice that at times couldn't be heard by lawyers or jurors, the 30-year-old woman said she was intoxicated and felt like she had been drugged after a visit to Rose's mansion in Beverly Hills in August 2013.

During cross-examination, she conceded that she never saw any drugs and she was never tested afterward. She didn't have a rape exam performed and wasn't tested for pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases.

Rose's lawyer used a string of text messages as a timeline to question the woman's story and whether she even drank enough to black out hours later. And he questioned how she had managed to send lucid text messages during that period - several of which invited Rose to her apartment.

Baute got her to concede that she had lied to Rose in text messages earlier that day about plans she had and a stop at a sex shop she never made.

The woman testified that she began dating Rose on and off over 20 months - a relationship the defense has called "friends with benefits" - after meeting him during the 2011 NBA lockout at a Hollywood nightclub.

She thought they had a future together, though Baute cast doubt on that.

He showed that until that night in August, Rose had never been to her place, she never attended any of his games and during a visit when he was playing in Philadelphia, she never left their hotel.

After they split up in early summer of 2013, she hadn't been in touch with Rose until the morning of Aug. 26 when she texted him a photo of herself and said he was her "inspiration" and he turned her on.

She denied she was trying to rekindle the spark, saying she wanted to talk to see if they could "connect."

Warriors vs. Pacers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

Warriors vs. Pacers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

OAKLAND - After a successful four-game road trip, the champs are back home, starting a three-game home stretch against the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.

 

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:00 pm with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off from Oracle Arena.

 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Pacers online and on MyTeams app]

 

Entering Thursday, Indiana has lost three straight games, but, despite a season-ending injury to Victor Oladipo, coach Nate McMillan has the Pacers fourth in the Eastern Conference. 

 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant 

F Draymond Green

C DeMarcus Cousins

G Klay Thompson

G Steph Curry

 

Pacers

F Thaddeus Young

F Bojan Bogdanovic

C Myles Turner

G Cory Joseph

G Wesley Matthews

 

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) is out

 

Pacers: G Darren Collison (Right quad contusion) is out, G Victor Oladipo (Right knee surgery) is out.

 

[RELATED: Draymond talks KD's free agency, guarantees Warriors will win title]

ROTATION

Warriors: Golden State has won three of its last four games. Cousins, who missed the Warriors' last two games, is expected to return Thursday evening. In the last matchup against Indiana, Cousins had a then-season-high 22 points, adding six points and four assists. 

 

A repeat performance from Boogie on Thursday will be vital for a team that's lost three of their last five games at home. 

 

Pacers: Despite Oladipo's knee injury, Indiana still finds itself in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pacers have supplemented Oladipo's scoring by a balanced attack. Each of Indiana's starting five is averaging double figures, including forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who is averaging 17.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc.

 

Chris Bosh explains why Heat to blame for Kevin Durant joining Warriors

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Chris Bosh explains why Heat to blame for Kevin Durant joining Warriors

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 P.T., streaming live on the MyTeams app.

In July 2010, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh elected to team up in Miami.

About two years later, the Heat defeated Kevin Durant's Thunder squad in the 2012 NBA Finals.

Miami won the title again in 2013, while Oklahoma City never got back to the Finals.

In the summer of 2016, Durant chose to sign with the Warriors in free agency. Does KD leave OKC if Bosh and the Big Three didn't unite in South Beach?

“No,” Bosh told NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh. "That put pressure on him.

"I think it's kind of like a catch-22 that the modern athlete has been put in. There's so much emphasis on championships, right? And now guys are like, 'OK, I'm gonna position myself to win a championship,' and then that's when people don't like it."

And for KD specifically, many people still won't give him the credit he deserves for capturing two titles with the Warriors. The guy won back-to-back Finals MVPs and the haters continue to hold it against him that he chose to sign with Golden State.

After beating the Cavs in five games in 2017, Durant told The Ringer's Bill Simmons:

"People tell us we're superstars, and we really aren't ... after we won the championship, I had Taco Bell and it ran through me just like it would a normal person. I'm like, 'Oh sh*t. I thought I had a golden stomach (joking). I thought I was immune to everything, but no.

"That's the perception of it all -- we're just immortal. We're normal fu**ing people who are really good at what we do. But at the end of the day, we go to sleep just like everybody else. We really put on our pants just like everybody else ... it made me realize that I am not king anything because we won a championship." 

He then told NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors reporter Kerith Burke a couple weeks ago:

I don’t need anything in this basketball world to fulfill anything in me. The NBA is never going to fulfill me.

Bosh -- whose career was unfortunately cut short because of health problems -- agrees with KD's outlook.

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“There’s more (to life),” Bosh told NBC Sports. “If you’re fulfilled, then pretty much just give up on life and die after that, right? If you’re fulfilled? That’s a great statement that he (Durant) made.

"I think it’s telling people as well, this is just my interpretation, but it’s like, ‘Yo, chill’ because everybody puts the onus on that championship. It’s not going to fulfill you. And that’s one of the big secrets about it.”

It sounds like it's not a secret anymore.

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